Product Type: Pledge Household Cleaning
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Pledge Multi-Surface Clean & Dust Wipes
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Pledge Multi-Surface Clean & Dust Wipes
Advantages: Great for leaving surfaces polished looking
Disadvantages: Rubbish dusting ability
Since becoming a stay at home Mum, I've taken the whole 'domestic godess' role very seriously! I regularly get excited about new cleaning products and new scents when cleaning etc (yes I am aware I need to get out more!) and my most recent new purchase were these Pledge Multi Surface Clean & Dust Wipes.
I bought them from the supermarket as they were on offer for £2.50 but usually cost approximately £3 for a pack of 25 wipes. This did sound like a lot to me for dusting wipes, as it's not like I could use them for everything in the house as their purpose was to dust not disinfect etc. However I had an imminant arrival of the in-laws and wanted the house to be spotless so thought I would give them a go especially as they were on special offer.
If oyu are like me when I clean there are some jobs I can't abide. Dusting and Ironing are mine. In fact I try to avoid ironing where ever possible and dusting is one of those jobs I can't avoid but try to buy products that speed up the job! Thats why I thought these would be great for me. The pack says that the wipes themselves are perfect for multi-surface cleaning and dusting. They can be used on metal, electronics, glass and wood. Which for me sounded excellent as I could use them to dust every surface in my home!
I didn't give them any more thought until I got them home when I opened the packet and realised they were also pre-moistened. Which actually put me off. Part of the reason I hate dusting is because you have to do it in two steps-the first is to remove the dust with something dry (cloth, duster etc) and then clean or polish with something that has a small amo0unt of moisture to it. The problem is that if you try to avoid dusting without something dry first you clump the dust together and you tend to move it around rather than remove it as it sticks to the moisture. It's the thing that drives me mad! So when I realised these wipes were pre-moistened I wasn't best pleased for not reading the packet properly as I wouldn't have bought them if I had seen that part.
However I thought it would be best to give them a go anyway. First and for-most was the television stand. We have a black glass multi layer television stand. My partner refuses to replace it with a nice wooden, homely one as it's from his single 'glory' days. It's alright for him but it's a nightmare to keep clean! This stand is probably the reason I hate dusting so much! It attracts dust and because it's black it shows dust within hours of cleaning! Grr! Anyway, I got straight in with the wipes, I removed one and began to wipe away. Instantly the dust moved around and grouped together and although some was removed, everytime I moved the wipe it would group together again and just didn't work at all. I had to use one wipe to push all the dust to one end and then another fresh one to remove as much of it as possible-on each shelf! So I ended up using a good six wipes for the tv stand alone. Even then there were still flakes of dust and it didn't look like it had just been cleaned.
With regards to it's polish ability, I can't fault that! It says on the front of the pack about the 'streak free shine' and the parts of the surface that weren't still spotted with dust were very shiny and polished looking. This was good as we all know glass streaks are very annoying and hard to avoid with normal polish so overall it's ability on glass only gets a two out of five I'm afraid, very disappointing as I felt they didn't look like I'd just cleaned them at all.
It was a different story on wood though, much more pleasing and easy to use. We have wooden lamp tables and display units etc in out living room and these wipes made these come up a treat. They were really easy to use and swept across the surfaces easily and swiftly, taking with them any dust or marks they might have found along the way. The wipes weren't moistened enough to leave a residue either so they didn't look wet or un-useable after useage. Wooden surface use would be five out of five because they dusted and cleaned too, very good job pledge!
I also used these wipes for ornaments, photo frames, lamp bases etc and again they worked well on most surfaces. I was pleased with how polished everything looked and our metal lamp bases came up ok-ish although they did streak a little bit and again the glass photo frames didn't come up so well but overall ornaments etc are ok with these wipes too!
My opinion on these wipes is mixed. I wont be buying them again though to be honest. For the regular price they only thing they work well on is wooden surfaces and even then they don't perform better than normal spray polish and a duster. Plus I get much more out of a can of polish then these wipes considering how many you need to use on certain surfaces. In summary the surfaces ability of the wipes is as follows:
Metal-Leaves streaks although when dry not noticable so 3.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics-Dusts ok but doesn't remove the dust and tend to leave it around buttons etc so 3 stars
Glass-Doesn't dust very well at all and not recommended so can only give 1 star out of five
Wood-The best of all the surfaces for these wipes, gets a full five stars
With regards to it's overall rating I can't give it more than 2.5 as it's not great on many surfaces and only performs as well as other products on the best of it's surface ability. For the price-stick to other products, not worth it even if you are trying to save yourself some time.
Summary: Not recommendable
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